Archive for June, 1995

Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra Zeydes un Eyniklekh (Grandfathers and Grandsons): Jewish-American Wedding Music from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras

Wednesday, June 14th, 1995

Zeydes CD cover

Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra
Zeydes un Eyniklekh (Grandfathers and Grandsons):
Jewish-American Wedding Music from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras
(Schott Wergo SM 1610-2; Mainz, 1995)

Music featured in Mark Wexler’s documentary films “Me and My Matchmaker” (USA 1996) and “Tell Them Who You Are” (USA 2005), Zeydes un Eyniklekh brings together several generations of American klezmer musicians in a musical tribute to the “King of Klezmer,” clarinetist Dave Tarras (1895-1989). A consummate master of the art of klezmer ornamentation, Joel Rubin is accompanied by the Epstein Brothers Orchestra. Together they perform the wedding and celebratory music of the eastern European immigrants in America. The Epstein Brothers, who are recipients of the prestigious 1998 National Heritage Fellowship from the US National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Pete Sokolow and Danny Rubinstein all played at various times with Dave Tarras, the clarinetist from the Ukraine who is the embodiment of “klezmer” for several generations of American Jews.

“Forget Mendelssohn if you’re looking for the ultimate disc of joyful wedding music”
(Boston Phoenix)

“For everyone interested in this Jewish traditional music [this album is] essential – and I write that most emphatically!”
(Derek Reid, Folk Roots)

“This is ‘traditional’ klezmer music played by people who live it … the Jewish equivalent of BB King and Buddy Guy and Junior Wells holding a summit”
(Ari Davidow, www.klezmershack.com)

klezmershack.com: Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra, Zeydes un Eyniklekh

“A must have. It couldn’t be more traditional than this – and probably also not better” (Musikblatt)

Joel Rubin, clarinet in C
Max Epstein, clarinet in Bb
Julie Epstein, drums and percussion
Willie Epstein, trumpet
Danny Rubinstein, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet in Bb
Pete Sokolow, piano
Pat Merola, string bass

Track List:

1. No Name Sirba 3:32
2. Mayn Eynikl (My Grandson) 4:18
3. Baym Zeydns Tish (At Grandfather’s Sabbath Table) 4:56
4. South Fallsburg 3:49
5. Kale Bazetsn (Seating the Bride) 5:05
6. Bukoviner Freylekhs 3:10
7. Freylekher Sher 3:15
8. Doina 5:42
9. Baym Shotser Rebn (At the Rebbe’s from Suceava) 4:46
10. Freylekher Nushiele 3:16
11. Hora and Sirba 3:45
12. Seymour’s Bar Mitzvah 3:55
13. A Khasene in Shtetl (A Wedding in Town) 4:38
14. Lebedik un Freylekh (Lively and Merry) 5:09
15. Brownie’s Khasene (Brownie’s Wedding) 3:29
16. Rumenisher Freylekhs 1:56

The Epstein Brothers Orchestra Kings of Freylekh Land: A Century of Yiddish-American Music

Wednesday, June 14th, 1995

Epstein Brothers Kings of Freylekh Land CD cover

The Epstein Brothers Orchestra
Kings of Freylekh Land:
A Century of Yiddish-American Music
(Schott Wergo SM 1611-2; Mainz, 1995)

Kings of Freylekh Land contains the music to the award-winning full-length documentary film portrait, “A Tickle in the Heart,” written by Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens with Stefan Schwietert (Germany/USA/Switzerland, 1996). The dynamic and multi-faceted music of the Epstein Brothers, recipients of the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the US National Endowment for the Arts (1998), represents an exciting journey into the American-Jewish musical and cultural experience of the past 100 years. Max Epstein (1912-2000) ranks as one of the greatest klezmer clarinetists of the 20th century. He and his brothers are considered to have been innovators in the fields of Yiddish, klezmer and Hasidic music: They brought their knowledge as American dance band players to klezmer music, transforming the celebratory music of the eastern European shtetl into an urban expression of North American Jewry.

“…they still swing like mad. They ride a galloping beat and play hot, uptempo music… a jazzy improvisational flair that`ll make your head spin. The Epsteins … were arguably the first professional world-beat musicians, and they`ve still got chops to spare”
(RhythmMusic)

“An absolute must!” (Musikblatt)

“serious, complex, vital music which can stand with the best of any type of world music”
(Jewish Herald-Voice)

“A real pleasure!” (Ari Davidow, www.klezmershack.com)

klezmershack.com: The Epstein Brothers Orchestra, Kings of Freylekh Land

Max Epstein, clarinet in Bb
Julius Epstein, drums and percussion
William Epstein, trumpet and fluegelhorn
Danny Rubinstein, alto and tenor saxophone
Peter Sokolow, piano
Pat Merola, string bass

Track List:

1.Beresh Katz’s Bulgar 3:37
2. Mitzve Tants 4:06
3. Olshanetsky Medley 6:35
4. Hasidic Medley 3:27
5. Fotta-Poppa & Shtekelekh 3:01
6. Cabaret Songs & Gypsy Bulgar 8:02
7. Hora & Sirba 5:04
8. Epstein’s Doina 5:31
9. Moskowitz’ Sirba 4:09
10. Romanian Drinking Song & Kalarash 4:40
11. T’khies Ha-Meysim (Resurrection of the Dead) 6:27
12. Keshenever Shtikele 3:11
13. Hungarian Melodies 6:49
14. Silkene Pajamas & Epstein Nign 2:25

Klezmer-Forschung in Osteuropa: damals und heute (Klezmer Research in Eastern Europe: Then and Now)

Saturday, June 10th, 1995

Juden und Antisemitismus cover for Klezmer-Forschung article

Klezmer-Forschung in Osteuropa

Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens
Klezmer-Forschung in Osteuropa: damals und heute (Klezmer Research in Eastern Europe: Then and Now)
In: Juden und Antisemitismus im östlichen Europa (Jews and Antisemitism in Eastern Europe)
ed. Mariana Hausleitner and Monika Katz
No. 5 in the series Multidisziplinäre Veröffentlichungen (Multidisciplinary Publications) of the East European Studies Institute, Free University, Berlin
Harrassowitz Verlag, 1995: 177-193